20 Chomping at the Bit

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Frustration is perhaps more acute when there’s a hold-up on the brink of life-altering change, than during decades of hopeless stagnation. As Giovanni Reid waits for things to move on his resentencing, he talks on the phone about his impatience, what he sees happening with other prisoners in his situation, and the benefits of parole for the initial period following release. Meanwhile, he’s busy with trade and re-entry classes, ruefully anticipating not being able to help other prisoners with the legal aspects of their cases, and reflecting on possible employment paths.


11 Youth Justice Awareness Month – Marcy Mistrett Interview

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A summons to Action in spreading Awareness about juvenile justice!

Did you know that in the United States, children who commit crimes, whatever their age, start out automatically in the adult criminal justice system, and that most defense attorneys who work with children and youth have no specialist knowledge or training in child and adolescent developmental factors? Did you know that a 12-year-old will be completely cut off from any parental access if they are processed through the adult system?

If you would like to know what really goes on when children and youth come into contact with the American criminal justice system, listen in. You are bound to learn a thing or few that will surprise, and even shock you.

We talk to Marcy Mistrett, CEO at the Campaign for Youth Justice in Washington DC, a national advocacy organization committed to ending the prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of children and youth in the adult criminal justice system. Every year, in October, CFYJ  promotes Youth Justice Awareness Month. We talk about some of the juvenile justice issues important for public awareness.

For more information on how you can participate and initiate events, even if it’s just in your living room:    http://www.campaignforyouthjustice.org/yjam/

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?Crayon Thesis


8 Cordless and Empowered – Tyrone Jones

dsc06176-copyWe talk to Tyrone Jones, speaking on a cordless phone, sitting in the backyard of his new home in Chester County PA, 11 days after his release from 43 years in a Pennsylvania prison. Cordless phones, cell phones, the internet, email – it’s all new technology for Ty, but he’s gradually getting to grips with these tools that facilitate his new power for self-determination.

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?


6 Always, Giovanni – Letter from Giovanni Reid

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A brief letter exchange with our featured juvenile lifer, Giovanni Reid.

Intro / Outro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Voice of Giovanni Reid: Lewis M

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Where’s Cush?; It’s Like Trying to Speak Swahili with Gandhi

 


4 Juvenile Justice News Roundup

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Juvenile justice trends, court rulings, research, hot-button issues, and juvenile cases currently in the media

Intro: Jeffrey Deskovic

Voice of Giovanni Reid: Lewis M

Music: Chameleon Catholics – Crayon Thesis